Background research is how you learn about your general topic. Below are some resources and strategies for you. Background research tells you:
*This is not the deep dive into very specific journal articles. This is much broader, and tells you more about your general topic - that way you know how to narrow down your research question to something that's a college-level research topic.
And here are some good topical encyclopedias and handbooks (they're ebooks!) that are not in Credo Reference:
As you do your background reading make a checklist of things you need to focus on, things you need to look up, because you don't know much about them, and also key words to add to your strategy.
When everything has been checked off, you're probably ready to start putting ideas together into words.
Finding the right topic for your research paper can be tough! But don't be afraid to look outside the box for interesting topics...and if you have a question about a website, ask me. I'm happy to help.
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IEEE's publication on citation standards covers books, conference technical articles, online sources, periodicals, theses, and more.
This style manual provides editorial guidance for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters. It outlines how to divide the parts of a paper, cite figures and tables, and it gives guidelines for specific grammar rules.
This site gives the nitty-gritty details on how to edit, format, and submit a paper for IEEE review and publication.
This is an excellent guide that covers all aspects of citing in IEEE style. Check out the Reference List Entries page for details about citing a variety of material types.